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SMOOTHJAZZ.COM REVIEW

SandyShore,

Over 40 years after Grover Washington Jr. discovered, nurtured and produced keyboardist James Lloyd and bassist Curtis Harmon when they were high school phenoms in Philly, the duo known as Pieces of a Dream keep the powerhouse melodies and deep grooves flowing stronger than ever on their latest Shanachie album JUST FUNKIN’ AROUND, featuring 10 new originals including the hit "Right Back Atcha." Balancing the high energy, joyful celebration with smoother, laid back expressions, the inventive duo’s creative whimsy launches from a foundation of Lloyd’s acoustic piano and old school keyboards. Several of the tracks feature well-placed sizzling horn sections and the intensely emotional sax of Tony Watson, Jr. Spend some time JUST FUNKIN’ AROUND yourself, let Pieces of a Dream pave the way.

Just Funkin'Around

Oldlion1,

Head bopping toe tapping grove. This is what they do and Pieces have been doing it for 40years. They are smooth Jazz!! #Grammyforpieces

About Pieces of a Dream

Bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd founded crossover jazz group Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They were teenagers at the time of their 1976 formation. Though jazz-based, the group also emphasized R&B and incorporated funk, quiet storm, hip-hop, new jack swing, and smooth jazz into their recordings, which often featured vocalists (including Barbara Walker, Eva Cassidy, and Maysa Leak). Grover Washington, Jr. produced their first three albums -- Pieces of a Dream, We Are One, and Imagine This -- all of which were released on Elektra from 1981 through 1983. Three additional '80s releases, including a pair co-produced by Lenny White, appeared on EMI-Manhattan. Saxophonist Ron Kerber became a member in the '90s -- an addition that preceded varied releases throughout that decade for Blue Note. In the early 2000s, Pieces of a Dream moved to Cleveland's Heads Up label, where they remained for a decade. Their studio effort, In the Moment, appeared on Shanachie in 2013. Two years later, Pieces of a Dream celebrated their 40th Anniversary with the release of All In. In 2017, they delivered their 22nd studio album, Just Funkin' Around. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • FORMED
    1976

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